L’Inca et le Conquistador


Ceramic, painting, sculpture

L’Inca et le Conquistador

Past: June 23 → September 20, 2015

The Inca and the conquistador presents the conquest of Peru through the epic story of two men: Atahualpa, the Inca, and Francisco Pizarro, the conquistador. The meeting of these two principal players illustrates the clash of two radically different worlds that were to undergo profound political, economic, cultural and religious change. Their confrontation spelled the fate of the greatest empire ever known in the Americas, the Inca empire or Tawantinsuyu (ca.1350-1533), and the Spanish empire, then in full expansion under Charles Quint.

From 1520 until the assassination of Pizarro by his own people in 1541, the exhibition traces the key moments in the history of the South American continent. This history is reflected in accounts of the conquest that differ from each other and present the same events from different points of view.

Presenting Inca and Spanish objects, colonial and republican paintings, etchings and ancient maps, the exhibition revisits episodes of the Conquest, with emphasis on the encounter of two worlds.

Curator: Paz Núñez-Regueiro, Curator of the Americas collections at the musée du quai Branly.

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37, quai Branly

75007 Paris

T. 01 56 61 70 00


Alma – Marceau

Opening hours

Tuesday & Wednesday, Sunday, 11 AM – 7 PM
Thursday – Saturday, 11 AM – 9 PM

Admission fee

Full rate €9.00 — Concessions €7.00

Billet jumelé (collections permanentes et expositions temporaires) : tarif plein 11 € / tarif réduit 9 €

The artist

  • Amable Paul Coutan